School Uniforms

Stefanie V.

  Stefanie Vasquez                                                                            622

School Uniforms

        Imprisoned is what students feel like when wearing uniforms. Day after day they wear the same type of clothing and colors. And they're getting tired of it!!Officials say they are better and safer. But are they really? Kids should be able to give their input on this too. After all, they are the ones being forced to wear them. Students should be able to wear whatever they want to school.

          First, only 18% of students in the U.S wear uniforms-not very many. One common problem for uniforms is the cost. Although buying a uniform may seem like an economical solution to parents, it may sometimes be actually more expensive, according to the Publics Schools Public Network. Furthermore, according to the U.S Department of Education, statistics show the annual cost to parents for school uniforms is $249. That’s more than the average household spends on clothes. But that’s not all, also many schools have several uniforms such as everyday uniforms, formal uniforms for special occasions and yet another uniform for P.E. Many parents argue that buying all these uniforms for all their kids every fall is hard on the family budget. They will also need several versions of the same outfit as their children will have to wear them five days a week. This is on top of the clothes they already have to wear. Parents have to pay for the uniform plus street clothes. Not all families can afford a second wardrobe. The Consortium to Prevent School Violence cautions that any school considering the implementation of school uniforms should first consider the financial needs of its students and their families. School Uniforms are expensive and have no use outside of school.                                                                    Secondly, uniforms do not allow students to express themselves through their personal appearance. According to Dr. Alan Hilfer, child psychologist this may lead to situations where teenage students start resenting uniforms. All children are different, especially when it comes to their comfort zone. Children tend to wear more frequently clothes in which they feel comfortable. Kids also like to express themselves mostly through their clothing; however, uniforms do not allow any this. Finally, learning to choose clothes for school is an important practice for later in life. As a teenager picking the right clothes for a job or college interview can mean the difference between success and failure.

          On the other hand, uniforms provide an identity to a student. Principals in many high crime areas say that uniforms can transform a school, making students and teachers safer. Trouble makers can't necessarily hide anything, and fights don’t break out over expensive clothing; however, statistics say otherwise with 38% and lower up to 28%. This also proves that a uniform don’t necessarily make schools safer as school officials say it does.          

In conclusion, uniforms shouldn’t be forced upon students for various reasons. They have a right to express themselves in whatever they wear. Uniforms may have some benefits but self-expression always wins. Therefore, students should be able to wear whatever they want to school.